by Miryam Gordon -
SGN A&E Writer
This month brings company-devised works on classics, a couple of world premieres, farce and other comic material. There should be something sweet to see for just about everyone.
Buzzer, ACT Theatre co-production with AJ Epstein Presents, 2/2-21
Jackson went to all the right schools, has the perfect job, an amazing girlfriend, and they've just moved into a high-end, newly remodeled apartment building in his old neighborhood. Except Jackson's old hood is being completely overhauled into a place that's barely recognizable and going home again has its drawbacks.
Do It for Umma, Annex Theatre, 2/2-17 (late nite)
A surreal comic detective story. The ghost of Hannah's recently deceased mother returns to haunt the Korean convenience store she once ran with an iron fist, shaming, cajoling, and needling her daughter into avenging her extremely suspicious death. New play by (local) Seayoung Yim.
The Dead Man On The Drug Store Floor, Rendevous JewelBox, 2/4-7
A courtroom cabaret tells the true Seattle story of the rowdy rise and tragic fall of the relationship between theater impresario and gambling kingpin, John Considine and former Seattle Police Chief William Meredith, circa 1901.
Be Italian, Teatro Zinzanni: 2/4-6/12
Follow one New Jersey family's antics as they work to resurrect their deceased patriach's famous Italian restaurant only to be foiled by an unexpected arranged marriage! Mix in trophy wives with psychic powers, handymen that fix more than lights, a Chinese chef that's waiting to take flight, and things get ZinZanni'ed quick! Returning Zinzanni vets Christine Deaver and Joe De Paul keep the funny coming.
Ecce Faustus, Akropolis Performance Lab, 2/5-27
This is a company-devised event revolving around the Faust legend and its reverberations in the world today. Imagine Faust selling his soul to the devil and reaping both the pinnacle of his success and the simultaneous moment he must fulfill his promise, and surrender his life.
Weird Romance, STAGEright, 2/5-20 (at Hugo House)
An Alan Menkin musical based on two tales of speculative fiction right out of the 'Twilight Zone.' A science fiction double feature exploring love stories outside of time and space, and even the physical body.
Communicating Doors, Phoenix Theatre, 2/5-28
Alan Ayckbourn fans should get out to see this fun sci-fi fantasy. Set in the near future, a prostitute flees for her life through a hotel communicating door only to find herself 20 years in the past. Stalked by the killer in the present and the past, the opportunity to alter time for the better puts the lives of three women at stake.
In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Burien Actors Theatre, 2/12-3/6
Dr. Givings isn't sure exactly how the vibrators help the women he treats, but they keep coming back for more. The only woman he won't treat is his own wife, who longs to connect with him, but not electrically. One of Sarah Ruhl's best plays.
Julia, On The Boards, 2/12-14
Brazilian theater artist Christiane Jatahy will be visiting Seattle with an updated version of August Strindberg's Miss Julie. The story of class, love, sex, death, is updated to contemporary Rio de Janeiro. The piece is in Portuguese with English surtitles.
Romeo + Juliet, Seattle Immersive Theatre, 2/18-3/18 (at the old Tower Records)
The company has re-imagined the classic tale of star-crossed lovers for a modern audience. Non-traditional casting and gender-bending puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare's seminal classic while staying true to the original text. Tickets include free-flowing champagne over the course of the evening, as well as complimentary, tray-passed hors-d'oeuvres.
9 to 5 The Musical, Seattle Musical Theatre, 2/18-3/6
Based on the seminal 20th Century Fox hit film. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical jerk they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains 'otherwise engaged,' the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.
Annapurna, Theatre22, 2/19-3/12 (at 12th Ave Arts)
Off the grid and barely hanging on, Ulysses unexpectedly finds his wife, Emma, at his trailer door. It's been 20 years since their marriage was torn apart by a horrific event that Ulysses can't remember and Emma can't forget. Passionate, funny, fierce, it is the impossibility of scaling a mountain of strife that makes the climb so seductive.
Can't Talk Right Now, Theatre22, 2/23 & 24, 3/1, 2, 7, & 9 (at 12th Ave Arts)
Written by local playwright Scotto Moore, the play is about Amanda, the host of a late night radio show, who finds a 20-year-old answering machine in a thrift shop, and is captivated by the cryptic and anxious messages on the device. She sets out to unravel the mystery of the voicemails, searching for the woman who left them and the woman who never heard them - and discovering the unlikely impact they had on each other's lives.
Brooklyn Bridge, Seattle Children's Theatre, 2/25-3/20
Fifth-grade latch-key child Sasha struggles to write a report on the Brooklyn Bridge, so she works up the courage to break her mother's rules and venture out of their apartment for help. There, in view of the magnificent bridge, she discovers a diverse collection of neighbors, each special in their own way, but alike in their deep good-heartedness.
Duchess of Malfi, GreenStage, 2/26-3/19 (at North Seattle College Stage One)
John Webster wrote the play in 1612-13. 'Hard Bard' brings old plays to life with the adage: when the script calls for blood, GreenStage thinks more is better. The Duchess of Malfi is a tale of love, power, class differences, corruption, cruelty, and revenge.
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